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have for this discussion and thanks to david and debbie and david oliver and until next time we will see you online. nush flush i'm john in new york and kiev burning and protests in ukraine is deadly as leaders try to restrict demonstrations and protesters give the president a ultimatum. tempers flair and syria peace talks and u.s. says there is no place for assad in syria. and another chemical found in the water after that spill in west virginia why some are still worried about health and safety
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and. >> a partner and i don't care. i just want the list. >> reporter: a revealing look at being homeless through the eyes of an 8-year-old. ♪ we begin with increasing violence in ukraine for the first time the demonstrations have led to deaths. three protesters were killed while battling police at independent square and antigovernment leaders say if their demands are not met they will go on offensive and nadeine reports. >> the standoff in kiev turned deadly nighttime brought a fresh wave of violence. wednesday saw riot police firing towards protesters. but still they were unable to hold their ground as reenforcements arrived on the
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protester's site and by the first deaths inviting. >> translator: i carried another guy and myself from the front line and he was shot directly in the heart and he died. >> reporter: the man's body was brought out of a make-shift hospital and driven away, some said it would only make them more determined. >> translator: even with the killing they won't stop the protests and more people will come in response. >> translator: i'm scared because of what happened but i'm more afraid of our future under this government which is criminal and lawless. >> reporter: on wednesday president viktor yanukovych talked about ending the cry sus but no conclusive outcome and four nights this part of kiev has been a battleground but it's hard to say right now exactly how and when the violence will end. so far the fightings happened in one small area of the capitol.
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but the protesters are angry than ever and promising to stay put. and i'm with al jazeera kiev. >> reporter: and these are live pictures from kiev, as you can see the protesters still on the scene, it's just after 3:00 a.m. in the ukraine capitol. the fires you see burning are tires and other material used by demonstrators to create barricades to try to block police. now, we have a 22-year-old activist, one of the leaders of the protest in kiev and i talked to her about the latest violence and her frustration with the presidentian. >> unfortunately our president ignores us all the time and doesn't want to listen to the will of people. a few days ago unfortunately we have seen that he has violated even our basic human rights and rights in this moment we understand that either we will go to jail just simply for standing in the independent
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square and expressing points of view or on twitter on facebook as i do and writing negative comments and writing points of view we do not support the presidentian and the government and we go to jail for doing those simple things and we have understood that unfortunately we don't have the president in government any more. in this country and ukraine which used to be a democratic state for more than 23 years unfortunately two days ago it has been turned into dictatorship and neither me or my friends or our families we don't want to live in the state. >> reporter: there is a new antiprotest legislation which makes protests criminal acts and you can be sentenced up to two years in prison, so how does that change the dynamic? >> well, i would dare to say that it has completely changed the dynamic and the emotions of people and the mood itself because to be honest when we started the movement almost two months ago, no one, no one was
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thinking that, yanukovych will shoot people and treat us like terrorist as the prime minister told us today and it was a huge shock to follow the procedure and how it was voted in parliament and if they did not count votes and they voted for laws that have been changed in the country for just showing hands and raising their hands. so the very thing they have broken everything in the very place where laws are made, in the parliament. it made us think that, well, unfortunately we are nothing and no one in this country. >> reporter: what hopes do you have for the coming days and what do you want to see happen? >> well, first of all, i would like to see this because for me the clashes between protesters and riot policemen on sunday, i'm not supporting violence. and i'm not saying that using force both from the riot
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policemen and protesters should be honest and aggressively. i'm not supporting this, but as a part of the movement from the very beginning from the very first day talking to people and talking to the riot policemen or policemen because i was trying to have some contact to join people from sites and understand what is going on in my country with my people. and i'm not surprised that people be behave and started a fight and fighting now and today but unfortunately i expect there will be more violence in ukraine because right now people understand there is no way back for them and today opposition leaders from the scene have announced they are giving yanukovych 24 hours and in 24 hours he won't listen to people and fulfill demands, they will
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start a real gorilla war and unfortunately, unfortunately it seems to me that yanukovych and knowing profile and the way he is behaving and performing politics and unfortunately i'm preparing myself and my friends and my family for the worst. that those tanks that reportedly have been moving to kiev from another neighboring states around kiev that probably they may be used against protestors. and yanukovych is showing a worse and worse side of him and i know it sounds crazy but i won't be surprised if he will act more aggressive and there will be even more blood. i would not like this to happen in my native country and shocking me what is going on now in ukraine. but this is probably this is the price of the freedom and this is the price of living in the state you want to live. if you want to have democratic state and not dictatorship with yanukovych we have to stand to the very end and we have to
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fight for our freedom and we have to protect our families and our basic human rights. >> reporter: and we were in kiev tonight. now to switzerland where world leaders wrapped up the first day of the syria peace talks and the first time in the civil war they faced each other and the atmosphere was anything but diplomatic and we have the latest from switzerland. >> the people want the tourists to stop. >> reporter: in a conference that is supposed to talk peace the two sides are yelling at each other. the man is a pro-syrian government journalist and a woman a member of the opposition. this maybe just one moment at a conference sidelines and the conference hall the diplomates are just as divided. the u.s. wants to create a transitional government and remove president bashir al-asaid. >> there is no way, no way possible in the imagination that the man who has led the brutal
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response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to government. >> reporter: in response the syrian foreign minister said assad had no intention of stepping down. >> translator: no one, mr. kerry, in the world has the right to give legitimacy or to withdraw legitimacy from a president, a government, a constitution or a law or anything in syria but syrians. >> reporter: the opposition says those syrians are being brutalizeded and the government accused of torturing protesters and targeting population centers. the opposition in the u.s. called the asaid regime and point to the moment when the syrian foreign minister over ran his time. >> i must finish my speech. >> i would have to give, no, no, no more time to the group. you live in new york, i live in syria. i have the right to give the
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syrian version here in this forum. >> yes, of course. >> reporter: the u.s. is desperate to convince syria to listen and stop the violence and kerry is trying to do that by isolating assad. >> today people can more clearly understand how alone assad is in standing up for himself, not for, syria and the resolution to this crisis cannot be about one man's instance or one family's instance about clinging to power. [chanting] and assad supporters here with allies and russian and iran are not going anywhere and chanted loyalty to the government. as just a few blocks away the opposition held a demonstration with a mock funeral. the hope here is for the two sides to come closer together but so far there is far apart as
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ever. nick with al jazeera, switzerland. >> reporter: we have the senior writer for al jazeera on line and she is with the digital team on the east coast and in baltimore and welcome. >> thanks for having me, john. >> reporter: so how do you think these talks are being received by people on the ground in syria? >> i think syrians are over all rather pessimistic and lost faith of the international community's ability to address the problems happening in syria and the region because historically or the past ten years it is pretty devastating track record so far and ultimately pessimistic and a tone that we heard that was set in opening remarks and obviously not the between of a regime that thinks it's there to negotiate a
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transition. the backers of the syrian regime, the irans and russians have not indicated any intention of abandoning the regime or withdrawing the support and pessimistic because there are power brokers and players at the table who are not the ones they would have chosen for themselves to represent them and similarly their positions are not necessarily informed by the suffering and the syrian people have to bear as a result of everyone, you know, fighting it out on syrian territory. >> talk about the suffering and what you understand is going on on the ground. >> i mean, it's very much depends on where you are. there are people in damascus who with can maintain some level of normalcy relative to what is going on in other parts that are devastated. but yet not under regime control. there are other parts that are being starved literally by regime blockades. >> reporter: you know, when i listen to the syrian government talk today about only the syrian people will determine who is
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going to be the leader of syria but yet john kerry says president assad cannot remain, if they cannot get over that hurdle then what can they do, is it over? >> well, i mean, we have to keep in mind the syrian people have basically been absent in any of these discussions. i think the best possible outcome that we could hope for, you know, everybody sort of, a lot of folks want to see this as a transition period but i don't think we are there yet. i think in a most optimistic incarnation would be that somehow there is a cease fire and by cease fire the violence perpetrated and the big part coming from the regime and there is a way that the regime signs on to ceasing some of that violence and allowing aid to reach those areas where people are literally starving. >> reporter: so president assad's big ally, the iranians, at first the u.n. gave them an in into -- invitation but maybe
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there is another open door for iran to come back in the peace talks. what do they add to this equation? >> well, they are able to sort of walk the walk. they are one of the principal backers of the syrian regime and on the ground with their own forces from the revolution and the backers of hesbolah and talking the talk but if it's viable the iranians should be part of the discussion because they have the ability, of all the people at the table in switzerland and basically two countries with the most leverage is iran and russian and one of the principal one has been excluded so far. >> reporter: and it's good to see you and thanks for joining us. west virginia environmental protection agency said it learned yesterday about a second
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chemical that leaked in to the charleston elk river and the spill occurred two weeks ago and likely the substance was filt filtered out and poses no harm but for people the issue is truth and jonathan martin reports. >> reporter: health officials in west virginia say despite news of the new chemical they do not believe there is a new health risk and testing samples to find out how much if any 'the chemical is detectable in the water and governor and officials in the state say they feel comfortable saying the water here in west virginia is safe to drink. they found out on facebook over night that a second chemical, pph, leaked from a storage tank along the elk river, part of the same spill two weeks ago that tainted the water supply for some 300,000 west virginia residents. >> when i saw that there is this new chemical one of many i'm sure, nothing at this point can
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surprise me. and i will never use the tap water here again, ever. >> reporter: state officials apparently didn't know either, they say they found out about the pph when they received a document tuesday afternoon from freedom industries. about 300 gallons of pph were in the tank, about 5% of the total mixture which was mostly mc mm crude, a chemical used to clean coal and this surprised randy huffman the is secretary of the department of environmental protection. >> according to the folks from freedom who revealed this to us yesterday they thought they had stopped mixing the material and recently discovered it was in the tank with the mc hm. >> reporter: state chemical experts say the water treatment process likely filtered out the chemical but residents are not convinced they get the truth from the company or the state. >> the government team has not withheld any information. we have not manipulated any information. we are making as much of it
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available as soon as we possibly can. >> reporter: now, serious questions for freedom industries, when they knew about the second chemical and why it took so long to notify the state. >> this certainly causes a credibility to take a huge hit absolutely. >> they are fully responsible, freedom industries because it was their site and watch and their tanks. >> reporter: al jazeera america repeatedly reached out to freedom industries to ask them about the spill and bankruptcy filing and lawsuits against them, the company says it's not going to comment. >> reporter: jonathan martin reporting and late this afternoon the utility company west virginia confirmed that the tests do not have new concerns with the release of pph. in texas fire and rescue crews working to put out a huge condo fire in a dallas neighborhood. this is live video of the entire condo complex burning. there are though known injuries at this time in dallas and no
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word yet on the cause. the execution of a mexican national scheduled to die by lethal injection in huntsville, texas has been delayed and waiting for a decision by the supreme court on a possible stay. now, he had been convicted of killing a houston police officer 20 years ago. the mexican government wants to stop the execution. arguing the texas violated international law by providing to provide proper legal representation and we have more on the story from texas. >> hi, john, the execution was scheduled to happen more than an hour ago but right now as you mentioned the u.s. supreme court is still considering a last-minute stay filed by the attorneys of edgar and argument is their client is mentally retarded and should not be executed and that moving forward with the execution would be a violation of international law that could endanger u.s.
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citizens abroad. edgar was 24 years old when he shot a houston police over three times in the back of the head and 20 years later the mexican government warns his execution would violate international law. >> we will take every step necessary in order to preserve the life of him. >> reporter: at the heart of mexico's claim is relations and an international treaty that says a person arrested in a foreign country has a right to contact their consulate for help. mexico says that didn't happen for him nor 50 other mexican nationals sentenced to die in the united states, two other mexican nationals have already been executed in texas. in his hometown protesters march the streets in hopes of convincing officials in texas to spare his life. this woman was his teacher in primary school. she says i believe it is unfair
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because he has been in prison more than 20 years and people who knew him here say he only turned violent after a bull stepped on his head when he was 17. his attorney says that never came up in trial or in his clemency appeal. >> but if the consulate had been notified of the convention as set forth, the consulate would have made sure that the legal representation of him was a professional one. >> reporter: in september u.s. secretary of state john kerry asked texas to delay his execution saying his case directly impacts u.s. foreign relations as well as our country's ability to provital counselor assistance to u.s. citizens overseas. the setting of an execution date for him would be extremely detrimental to the interests of the united states. a spokesperson for the governor's office says texas is complying with state law, telling al jazeera it doesn't
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matter where you're from if you commit a despicable crime like in texas you are subject to our state laws including a fair trial by jury and the ultimate penalty. the state's position is in keeping with the 2008 u.s. supreme court ruling that said congress is the on entity that has the power to compel states to abide by the convention treaty and there is legislation drafted but it has not been passed. and john we remain here waiting to see whether he will be executed tonight. >> reporter: and let's just go back to the possible stay and the delay here. what have you been hearing tonight? >> well, right now it's really up in the air. this execution, john, was supposed to happen more than an hour ago and everyone is already inside the building. we know that he is in the holding cell. witnesses have already been called inside the prison. but until they get that phone call from the u.s. supreme court there is nothing that the
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department of corrections can do and they will keep waiting until midnight to hear. >> reporter: all right, heidi is in texas and thank you very much. ahead israel claims it stopped a serious attack against the u.s. embassy in telaviv and saving detroit and they are close to reaching a settlement to protect pensions and the priceless art collection. ♪
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it's the dangerous cold, much of the east coast woke up to several inches of snow today after the second major winter storm this year. this latest storm had heavy snow and strong winds and bitter cold temperatures and thousands of flight cancellations and no school for several east coast cities this week and some of the world top leaders are in switzerland and come together for the annual world economic forum and alley velshi is here. >> reporter: this is where it starts getting interesting. there are a mixture of peaches and panels and seminars and social events basically, a
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social calendar that goes tonight and through saturday. but all eyes are on iranian president rouhani who arrives today with a serious of interviews and a keynote speech tomorrow and meet with the world's oil leaders of the oil companies to say now that iran is living up to some of its part of the nuclear deal can we get you guys back in to fix up some of our oil facilities. iran depends heavily on oil income revenue and that is dwindling in the last few years as sanctions take hold and not keeping production and refineries in good order and that is what every country is doing, doing business and you see shops and hotel suites, entire floors of buildings taken over by countries who invite you, journalists and business people to come in and they will explain to you why you should be doing business in their country or why would should be covering our country and a gathering of remarkably smart people and the
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tiniest economies are gathered here and ceos are here and there are also young leaders, young global leaders or young shakers, the ones under 30, between 30-40 you can be a young global leader and young people doing remarkable things rounds the worm and no over arching thing to this. there is a sense of discussing the recession and bad recession in europe are effecting the world middle class and a lot of discussions about income inequality and following some of those closely and interviewing world leaders, john. >> reporter: ali will be reporting from the world economic forum in davos all this week. today is the 41st and -- anniversary of roe versus wade and president obama issued a statement every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. and on the other side of the debate thousands today braved the cold in washington to take
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part in the annual march for life. organizers say the theme of this year's march was adoption to convince young people kit be a workable alternative to abortion. and next up made in china and causing pollution in california. plus fool runnings part two the jamaica bob shred team goes to the winter olympics and we will talk to the original bob shred team.
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♪ welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm john seigenthaler in new york and stories making news in switzerland a diplomatic face off with the syrian government and opposition face each other for the first time for peace talks and they will meet tomorrow to try to get them to direct talks this friday. death and violence at least
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three protesters have been killed in ukraine during clashes with police and the first time the demonstrations turned deadly since they began two months ago. today ukraine's president met with opposition leaders and they say they are ready to go on defensive if demands are not met. this is the discovery of a second chemical accidentally leaked into charlton water supply and say it's okay to drink the water but many residents say they are still worried. israeli government provented a planned al-qaeda attack on the u.s. embassy in telaviv and three arrested in connection with the plot and lisa is in washington tonight to tell us more on that, lisa? >> john this was a plot for simultaneous attacks, suicide bombers against the u.s. embassy and bullets and bombs at an
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international conference center in jerusalem and three men arrested and palestinians and two from east jerusalem and one from the west bank. the men were apparently arrested in late december but there has been a gag order in case, that is why we are just hearing about it now. now according to the israeli intelligence agency this was a very ambitious plot and the men were recruited over the internet. they were recruited by an operative in the west bank and this recruiter apparently told these men he was working on behalf of al-qaeda and the leader. and if this is true, in fact, what this means is that this would be the first plot inside israel, the first potential attack inside israel carried out by al-qaeda. so as you can see both in israel and in the u.s. very glad that this potential plot anyway was interrupted. >> reporter: what do we hear
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from the u.s. administration? >> they were asked about it today and said they could not independently confirm it but had no reason to doubt what the israelis were telling them and they also said at this point they have confidence in the security at the embassy and they are not going to increase security at the embassy. the state department spokesman, marie. >> we employee security measures to safeguard sit vens and employees who work around the world and certainly here. i refer you to the government of israel for more specifics. we do not discuss all security measures and we already have fairly high security at our facilities there. if we need to take additional measures i'm sure people will. i'm not aware of any but doesn't mean the conversations are not happening. >> reporter: now, the israelis have said that they think there is very little chance that the plot against the u.s. embassy would have succeeded, still very glad here in the u.s., obviously and in israel that they were
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able to intercept these folks and stop this alleged attack planning. >> reporter: lisa is in washington and thank you. and there is a new plan in the works to try to save at least some of detroit's pension fund and valuable art collection and the governor is proposing setting aside $350 million in state funding over the next 20 years, but that is well short of what the bankrupt city owes and we are standing by in lansing, the capitol of the state with more on the governor's plan, bc? >> hi there john. governor rick snyder drafted a settlement proposal with several lawmakers and calls for boosting detroit pensions and at the same time protecting assets within the detroit institute of arts. right now it calls also for $350 million being invested into that fund. and basically protect the interests of these retirees and dia as i mentioned. many people are asking where is
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this funding coming from and not from the state's general fund if approved and it will come from a tobacco settlement and governor rick snyder addressed the media and said it's not a government bail out and said if the settlement is approved and goes through it will quickly and move the bankruptcy process along more faster. take a listen. >> this is a settlement. this is not a bail out. i want to be very, very clear about that. this is not a bail out of paying debts directly of the city of detroit. this is not a city of bail out for detroit's debts, this is not a bail out of banks and other creditors. this is focused in on helping reduce and mitigate the impact on retirees. it's focused on protecting assets, it's focused on showing good results and allowing the city to move forward by hopefully resolving this case in a more positive rather than a negative way faster and better.
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>> reporter: and not long after the governor made his announcement there were some creditors that spoke out saying that they are not going to let this happen without a fight. in the meantime this is not a done deal. legislatures at the state capitol will have to go through the process of reviewing this deal. detail by detail. and then they will vote on it and then from there it will go on to a bankruptcy judge who will have the final say. john. >> reporter: some may ask why it has taken so long for the state to provide help, are there any answers? >> well, i mean, it does seem like it's taken long because it was, what, back in july when the city of detroit filed for bankruptcy but not until a couple weeks ago in december when the judge on this case officially declared the city of detroit eligible for bankruptcy and from the sounds of it today from the governor it sounds like since that judge made the move back in december they have been working on this plan and is coming to light now. >> reporter: is this plan going to put a dent in the over all
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debt? >> well, john, when you look at the over all debt it's $18 billion and what the state is offering is $350 million and local and private organizations that have come forward saying they will pitch in $350 million to the cause but, no, it's not going to make a major dent in the over all picture but as the governor said today, something this big, i mean, it has the potential to really make an impact down the road. >> reporter: on another subject how cold is it in lansing tonight? >> john, it's cold, it's cold and snowing here, i would say for the past two or three hours but the last time i checked it was 7 degrees. but i can tell you it feels a whole lot colder than that. >> she has been out in the weather reporting and thanks much. there is potentially dangerous down side here in this country to china's booming economy and
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air pollution goes over the ocean and to the united states and amounts to as much as a 25% of some types of air pollution in the western u.s. and stephanie stanton reports. >> from south bones to tv and computers, chinese factories are turning out the latest technology and sending it to our shores. along with something else less desirable, pollution. >> you see the pictures in beijing with masks on. >> reporter: steven from the university of california in irvine coauthored a study saying it has been found in air samples in la and west coast and using the most recents data provided by the chinese government and looked at the years 2000-2009 with 2006 as the sample year
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>> 24 mercer --% related to the exported goods from china. >> it is small and making up 4-5% of our overall emissions it amounts to an extra day of smog per year that exceeds federal standards and not just in los angeles. >> no, it is stopped by the rockys. >> reporter: the pollution is carried here to west coast, more than 6,000 miles across the ocean. south coast air quality experts met with the chinese government and state and federal officials to minimize export related pollution and part of talks between both countries. >> this is transported air pollution that comes to us. it's again in very low concentrations but it contributes to the background that we would see on a very clean day and so we are concerned about all forms of air pollution that gets transported into this region.
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>> reporter: officials point out more controls could mean higher prices for consumer goods made in china and that is a cost that americans might not be willing to pay. stephanie stanton, al jazeera, los angeles. >> reporter: jake ward is here and why is this happening now? >> well, from a climate perspective it's just the weather pattern, the westerly winds that travel from asia to north america were bound to carry their weather over to us. but geo politically which is what this is about, is we have been exporting our manufacturing to china for all of this time and with it we have been exporting our pollution to china and if we want to make the things we make at the prices china makes them for in the united states we probably would be looking at the same kind of pollution they had and have taken on pollution for us and it's coming back to haunt us now. >> reporter: countries around the world negotiate trade deals and all sorts of negotiations go on but this is new and how does the u.s. deal with it?
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>> the way people talk on a national basis with one another about how this country will behave ore that country will behave is silly because it's showing that it's a trans border problem is what we are looking at here. let's head to washington d.c. and we will tell you what is coming up, on america tonight. >> john, tonight on our program america tonight in depth and continue our focus on america education and get schooled in north carolina. charges of campus security efforts in a key district have developed into a school to prison pipeline for african/american students. among the stunning cases in point a senior day prank, a water balloon fight that somehow ended up in the arrest of eight students and parents worry much longer term impact on futures and look at the evidence and response to charges that black kids are subject to greater scrutiny and harsh discipline
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with the report from america tonight correspondent sarah. >> what was going through your mind when city police show up? >> my question is it serious, am i a bad person or really a criminal and did i have to go to jail and get booked and go to a cell and stay there. >> is it a school to prison pipeline and a push for an alternative to crime and violence, america tonight in depth coming up, at the top of the hour, john. >> when the winter olympics begin next month in russia a heart-warming story may be the return of the jamaica bobsled and not just because going to sochi. >> you remember the entry in the winter olympics and that was memorable from the 1988 games in calgory and the real accomplishment of the bobsled team may not be qualifying after 12 years but reaching sochi
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itself. >> jamaica has best athletes in the world. >> reporter: it has been 12 years and jamaica has a bobsled team back in the olympics and winston waters and marvin dicksson will compete in the bobsled competition at the winter games, there was one catch however to all the excitement and that was the cost to send the two-man team to sochi, between travel and commit it was that $80,000 was needed to send the duo to russia. >> we really scrambled for qualification and to sochi. >> after it was announced on twitter that the team qualified for this year's winter games, an online campaign has pushed the team past its goal and now the duo can concentrate on training
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and performance. >> this sport is so close, it's like 100 of a second, 200, 300 of a second difference to one olympic medal and the thing is if you know of a spot that you train for four years and you can combine all of this training together and if you go out there when it's your time to slide on the ice and then execute it, the result will come. so we all will approach the olympics as the under dog because the world knows what the jamaica team is capable of doing. >> reporter: we are joined with devon harris, and now the director of the jamaica bobsled federation and we appreciate the time. >> thanks for having me. >> reporter: after the appearance in 1988 jamaica qualified for four winter olympics with the bobsled in
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2002. >> we got board, kidding, and the challenge is funding. we struggle with getting the proper funding to feel our competitive team. over the years, since calgory the qualification process has gotten even more difficult. back in 1988 our team turned up and go what time are the olympic, 9:30, good we have enough time. but now you need to go through a rigorous two-year qualification process. and with not enough funding at times, the last 12 years, we missed out on the olympics. >> reporter: is the level of interest still there among jamaica as it relates to winter olympics and you dominate track and field but as it relates to the winter olympics do you have the fan support in jamaica? >> it comes around each olympic year and they don't have an experience with bobsledding and
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it's something they see on the evening news and when there is a bobsled team being entered into the olympics they get excited. unlike track and field. you know, where you grow up playing running track or playing soccer, so that is our challenge there. >> reporter: as we just heard from our report, the initial goal was to raise $80,000 to send the team to sochi and now it's more than $100,000 from websites, how surprised have you been with the show of support especially with the majority of the support coming from other countries? >> it's amazing, we thought we would have the campaigns up, but in a little over 48 hours we had raised, in fact, surpassed the target we had set and speaks i think to the fact that a jamaica bobsled resonates with people all over the world and we are so grateful for the overwhelmingly support that our friends and well wishers all over the world
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have shown to us. >> do you think appearance in sochi after 12 years will give revigoration to the bobsled team there? >> it's wonderful to be back on the olympic stage with our team and showing the world what we can do and also getting a chance for our fans to see it. >> reporter: from the jamaica bobsled federation and thanks for joining us and good luck. >> thank you and looking for a good run in sochi. >> reporter: the new york yankees never have a problem with money, they won the bidding war after spending $20 million for the rights to negotiate with the japanese team they signed him to 7 year, $1 50 million contract, the richest ever for japanese player who made the jump to the major leagues. >> explain this to me, you have
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to put down $20 million to get in the ball game? >> yes, and john the bidding amount has gone down and used to be more than that when the texas rangers spent more than that to negotiate a deal. >> reporter: how big of a deal is this? >> it's not that big comparing to what they spend because they spend money and needed a pitcher and spent the money to get him but from the dodgers they signed a contract for 7 years and more than $200 million, that is the economics of baseball now. >> reporter: back to devon for a second when talking about jamaica do not have the experience with bobsledding, they cannot relate to it. >> it's understandable. >> if you go to the islands. >> no snow. >> no snow, no ice and for them to be amped up is a stretch and they are one of the better stories and when they qualify people watch. >> reporter: thank you very much, the president's plan to
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put an end to sexual assault on college campuses and being 8 and homeless. ♪ join us for exclusive, revealing, and suprizing talks with the most interesting people of our time. >> our journalists are the best journalists in the world. >> she's the first female executive editor of the new york times. >> there's no question that the editorial stance is a liberal point of view. >> the head of the paper of record goes on the record with talk to al jazeera. only on al jazeera america.
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we saw yesterday quite a bit of snow across the eastern sea board and totals we have seen with the storm and massachusetts just to the south of boston and accumulated the most and over 18", down to west babalon on long island 13.5 and new york
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city and central park 11.5" and now the storm is gone and dealing with temperatures so this evening watch what the real feel temperature is including wind and what it will feel like as we go through the rest of the evening. watch them drop from locations minus numbers and new york tomorrow will feel minus 9 and boston minus 4 and montreal you are minus 16 there. let's look at the morning temperatures as we go to the next day. so on thursday morning you will see about 6 degrees in new york but remember the real feel is worse than that and portland maine is 6 and over the next couple days the temperatures will dip a little on friday but as we go to the weekend things will start warming up and to about average and see sunday partly cloudy conditions with a temperature there of about 22, overnight about 15 degrees. >> announcer: next time on consider this, the u.s. armed forces are the biggest, best
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funded in the world but iraq and afghanistan in shambles have we forgotten how to win a war? president obama called sexual
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assault against humanity and young people need to realize sexual assault is unacceptable and the president is setting up a new task force focused on sexual assault on college campuses and white house found 1-5 females are victims of attack and 1-8 report it. ♪ some of the best insight can come from an inexpected source, the idea behind the series being 8 when we examine issues through the eyes of an 8-year-old and for kids there is no place like home but growing number of kids in minnesota home is a shelter and diane met a third grader with dreams of having a home. >> before the sunrises on a snowy minneapolis morning she starts her day like so many other eight-year-olds. >> the bus comes at 7:30 and get up at 6:00 and get ready. >> reporter: she is not like most kids, she lives at this
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homeless shelter in minneapolis. sharing a roughly 30 square foot room with her mom, brother and two sisters and copes with tight quarters and privacy. the family has little money. and the mother karta gets $700 a month from the state while she is enrolled in a job training program. she lost her job as a cook in a nursing home last summer. forcing the family to move from the rental home and now warning signs are part of the 8-year-old's new surroundings and still she manages to find comfort and friends here. >> i like it because i get to meet new people and i need to go to activities and just play games. >> good-bye. >> reporter: and this comes as no surprise for her mother. >> she always has been like that. she adapts really well and
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quickly. i think it's like her personality. >> good morning, how are you? >> good. >> reporter: on the bus heading to school her guard comes down as she talks about having a real home again. >> small or big and it can be an apartment, i don't care, i just want a house to live in. >> get set and go. >> reporter: at school the third grader focuses on assignments. >> bring it up. >> reporter: there is a pop quiz in math on this day. >> i probably got a b. >> reporter: and her situation is not all that unusual in minneapolis. of the 35,000 children attending the city's public schools, roughly 1-10 is homeless. and she is a good student and popular with her classmates at nelly stone johnson elementary school and laughs easily with her friends. still she doesn't want them to know about her life outside school. >> i feel embarrassed by it. not embarrassed. i just don't want nobody to know
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that i live in a shelter. >> reporter: and her mother says the shelter has brought stability to the family. she hopes to have is a job by summer and move out. >> we will paint different ones today. >> reporter: and that would mean leaving behind the shelter's daily activities and the friends she has found here. >> i will miss people i met here a lot. >> reporter: but it could also mean moving into a house and maybe sharing a bedroom with just one person instead of four. diane with al jazeera minneapolis. >> reporter: coming up, at 11:00 eastern, 8 pacific, robot army, is in the soldier of the future? american military says it could be one way to deal with a shrinking budget and sweeping troop cuts. and responsible for repairing the redeemer after a bolt of lightning strikes the statute. the photo finish a series of
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photos on the top story that caught our attention, image of the deadly protest underway in kiev, conflict between demonstrators angry at the government and police. the black smoke and burning the tire barricades and cover the city, protesterss are hurling stones and molotov cocktails and responding with tear gas angas, grenades and bullets and unless the government responds the situation will get worse. the headlines are coming up, next.
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every day,
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archs welcome to al jazeera america. i am john seeingenthaller in new york. here is a look at some of our top stories. in ukraine, at least three protesters killed while battling police.
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the first death since the demonstrated started in november. anti-government leaders say if their demands are not met, they will go on the offensive. a run start. today, a clash of the future of the assad. >> john kerry says he is clinging to power. west virginia's environmental protection agency says charleston's water supply is safe to drink despite yesterday's discovery that a second chemical had accidentally leaked into the water system. the execution of a mexican national in texas is on hold at this hour, awaiting a decision on an appeal from the supreme court. 46-year-old edgar tomaeo was convicted of killing a police officer 20 years ago. his lawyers say he did not receive help from mexico immediately after his west. >> the 41st annual walk for life, organizers say the march
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theme was adoption, an alternative to abortion. are the headlines. i am john siegenthaler seeing. see you at 11 eastern, 8 pacific. america tonight is next. you can always get the latest news on aljazeera.com. on ameri"america tonight," senior prank that sent kids to jail. >> an administrator grabs me from behind and said, i saw you threw a water balloon. >> an in-depth look. zero tolerance for bad behavior making schools safer or put more black students on the fast track to a dead-end? >> to me, the most severe consequence is having a criminal record. >> "america tonight" investigates the school to prison pipe . also tonight, "america

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